What does a Proctor do?

Test proctors are responsible for assisting students throughout formal test-taking procedures including an entrance test, the SAT, or GRE. As monitors and gatekeepers of tests and exams, they ensure students have the resources they need to take the test and that no one is cheating or manipulating while taking their test. Test proctors also explain guidelines and rules and the process for taking the test itself.

Test proctors understand materials and equipment a test-taker may use, including calculators, and are familiar with the exam’s rules and regulations, including allotted time, to enforce them effectively. Proctors check test-takers’ identifications and read instructions to the room. They supervise the exam room to ensure rules are being followed at all times and ensure the environment is suitable for test-taking, which includes properly spaced seating, designated areas for bags or coats, and when necessary checking the room temperature. Test proctors need at least a high school diploma or equivalency. Universities sometimes offer proctor positions to undergraduate or graduate students.

What responsibilities are common for Proctor jobs?
  • Requires flexible work schedule, which may include evenings and/or weekends as well as travel throughout the district when needed.
  • Responsible to provide test security, maintain confidentiality and accessibility when delivering
  • Responsible for tracking candidates admitted to testing, in accordance with secure check-in
  • procedures, and monitor attendance continuously throughout the entire exam session.
  • Comply with all applicable legal requirements relating to the activities of contracted and ADA related matters.
  • Work is performed in an ordinary office, mostly sitting.
  • Function effectively indoors in an office environment engaged in work of primarily a sedentary nature with the ability to sit or stand at workstation for extended periods.
What are the typical qualifications for Proctor jobs?
  • Associate's Degree in general studies or equivalent experience.
  • A leader and collaborator with attention to details.
  • Fluency in writing protocols, statistics, algorithm design, and spreadsheets.
  • Can assist with decision making with professionalism and a positive attitude.
  • Is able to demonstrate computer literacy for programs such as algorithm design, browsers, operating systems, and workstations.
  • Can track hours across timesheets.
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Proctor Insights

Read what Proctor professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Union County CollegeUnion County College
Test Proctor
Feb 23, 2022

“There was not much opportunity for growth in my role so I had to seek employment elsewhere.”

Binghamton UniversityBinghamton University
Proctor At Department of Mathematics Science
Oct 13, 2021

“Good work and life balance.”

British Council IndiaBritish Council India
Lab Proctor
Jan 31, 2022

“Pay per hour is good initially”

Columbia UniversityColumbia University
Disability Services Exam Proctor
Aug 4, 2022

“People are nice to work with”

Northeastern UniversityNortheastern University
Aug 17, 2020

“great pay for part time job”

PSI ServicesPSI Services
Exam Proctor
Apr 22, 2022

“good training session”

Chief Proctor
May 21, 2022

“Pay good incentive”

Lone Star CollegeLone Star College
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Nov 10, 2021

“not the best pay”

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